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songwriting

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The Beat – A Simple Guide for Beginning Songwriters

An easy explanation of a song's beat for new songwriters

Songs talk about The Beat all the time. There are so many references that I couldn't fit them all here, but I'm sure you've heard a band or artist mention a beat at some point. This is occasionally a point of confusion for some writers or clients who aren't terribly familiar with a song's beat, so let's talk about it a little bit. The beat is also known as the pulse or rhythm of t[...]

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How to Get a Great Bass Track for Your Song

How to get the best bass player for your song

Bass is kind of a generic term for “the lower parts” of the song. A bass can be a singer, a guitar, or several types of instruments (like a ukulele or clarinet). You may also hear people ask to "bring the bass up" or down. These are general things to know before heading into your session! Why should I care about the bass? Well, you should care about every aspect of your song[...]

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Ballads: Slow Songs That Connect to the Heart

Also known as “slow jams,” ballads were HUGE in the 90s (you kids probably don’t remember them very well but I’m old so take a seat and listen to my wisdom). Lately, as a songwriter, I’ve been told not to write any ballads to pitch anywhere because everyone wants uptempo songs. But like all things, music works in cycles so eventually, we’ll see a return of the ballad. If you[...]

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Nashville Tomorrow

Mella Barnes Session Singer Nashville

In about 12 hours, we’ll be making the all too familiar 10-hour road trip down to Nashville. I have a pro-tip for musicians: When you have an important business meeting coming up, now is not the time to try a new face soap. You might end up with pumpkin sized hives all over your face in complete agony. I plan on Instagramming the inside of the BMI building (it’s gorgeous inside and out[...]